IHMM In-Person or Remotely Proctored Exams

The American National Standards Institute [ANSI] has approved Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for IHMM’s CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP exams. IHMM has been using the Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for the CSHM and CSMP exams since April 2020.

72% of Kryterion in-person testing centers have reopened. If you prefer the comfort and convenience of taking your exam from your home or office instead of at a Kryterion center, IHMM is ready to enroll you in a remotely proctored examination.

Please contact either Kortney Tunstall at [email protected] for the CHMM, CHMP, or CDGP exams or Kaylene Cagle at [email protected] for the CSHM or CSMP exams.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

EHS Professional is an online publication of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM)

Other than content specifically provided by IHMM, articles contained in EHS Professional
are compiled from independent sources and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of IHMM.
Phone: 301-984-8969 | [email protected]

IHMM Credential Recognition

Below you will see the 3 EHS credential badges that are now in each CSHM, CSMP, and ASHM certificant’s MYIHMM account. Every IHMM certificant may use these badges, linked as those below are to their IHMM credential page, for their email signatures, business cards, and other social media applications. You’re justifiably proud of the accomplishment of having earned your credential and you can show the rest of the world. Simply right-click on the badge of choice, then save as to your computer, and then load it to wherever you want to use it and please link that back to https://ihmm.org/.

IHMM Certificant Recognition

IHMM has completed inserting new credential badges in every certificant’s MYIHMM account. Everyone may access those badges for use in their email signatures, LinkedIn accounts, and other social media and communications media.  With a link from your credential badge to the IHMM website [see above] you can not only stand out as an IHMM-certified professional, you can also promote IHMM credentials to others. Right-click on the badge of choice, save as to your computer, then load it to whatever medium you choose.

Throughout our certificant’s MYIHMM accounts are also now placed 10 Year, 20 Year, and 30 Year badges signifying their longevity as an IHMM certified professional.

IHMM has also added Distinguished Diplomates and Fellows of the Institute badges to the appropriate people in the MYIHMM database. These two badges will be accompanied by new lapel pins to be sent to each of those distinguished by holding these designations.

IHMM is in all 50 of the United States and in 47 countries around the world.


Need Help? On the IHMM website just click on the “NEED HELP?” button
and let us know what you need and the right person will get right back with you.

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OSHA to Amend Occupational Injury, Illness Recordkeeping Regulation

On March 28  OSHA announced that it is proposing amendments to its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR 1904.41.

The current regulation requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information – that they are required to keep – to OSHA. The agency uses these reports to identify and respond to emerging hazards and makes aspects of the information publicly available.

In addition to reporting their Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, the proposed rule would require certain establishments in certain high-hazards industries to electronically submit additional information from their Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, as well as their Injury and Illness Incident Report.

This rule would improve OSHA’s ability to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources to identify workplaces where workers are at high risk. The proposed rule would also advance the department’s mission to empower workers by increasing transparency in the workforce.

The proposed rule would:

  • Require establishments with 100 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries to electronically submit information from their OSHA Forms 300, 301 and 300A to OSHA once a year.
  • Update the classification system used to determine the list of industries covered by the electronic submission requirement.
  • Remove the current requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees not in a designated industry to electronically submit information from their Form 300A to OSHA annually.
  • Require establishments to include their company name when making electronic submissions to OSHA.
  • Establishments with 20 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries would continue to be required to electronically submit information from their OSHA Form 300A annual summary to OSHA annually.

Learn more about OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements.

IHMM Board Nominations Open

Heather Waldmann, CHMM, Chair of the IHMM Nominating Committee [https://ihmm.org/nominating-committee/], is pleased to announce the opening of the Board nominating season for 2022.

In 2022 the IHMM Nominating Committee solicits candidates for three [3] director positions that will be open on January 1, 2021. [1] Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP], [1] Certified Safety and Health Manager [CSHM], and [1] At-Large, that can be either a CHMM, CDGP, CHMP, CSHM, or CSMP.

The documents describing the nominations and elections process and forms for submitting nominations are here:

Richie Spangler, CHMM, CDGP, IHMM Board Chair Presents at AHMP

IHMM’s Board Chair Richie Spangler, CHMM, CDGP, made a presentation of IHMM’s major activities and future developments during the Delegates meeting of the recently completed AHMP conference in Las Vegas.

Richie, seen at left, outlined the development of new credentials for the AHMM, Student CHMM, Student ASHM, Microcredential/Pandemic Preparedness, as well as highlighting the new blueprints for the CSHM, CSMP, and CSSM credentials.

A great deal of attention was given to the EPA regulation at 40 CFR § 312.10, Definitions, and the instruction by EPA in the Federal Register notice of 11/1/2005, page 66080, concerning private certifications and the crosswalk IHMM produced pursuant to those instructions for the CHMM. [article above]. IHMM has documented, commensurate with the EPA rule guidance, how an IHMM CHMM is an Environmental Professional under the rule.

CSSM-CSSS Chair Mike Howe Presents Blueprint to the IHMM Board

On March 25, 2022, CSSM-CSSS Committee Chair Mike Howe, CSSM, of Riverland Community College, Austin MN, presented the new CSSM credential blueprint to the IHMM Board of Directors.

Mike outlined the construction of the blueprint and its prerequisites and contents to the Board, demonstrating the outstanding work the committee has done in constructing a blueprint where none had existed before. The Board welcomed Mike and the new CSSM blueprint and looks forward to the development of a CSSM exam later this summer before turning to develop a blueprint for the CSSS credential.

Well done!

Microcredential Task Force Chair Dan Blankfeld Presents Blueprint to the IHMM Board

On March 25, 2022, Microcredential Task Force Chair Dan Blankfeld, CSMP, Vice President of Safety at CBG Building Co., of Silver Spring, MD., presented the new Pandemic Preparedness / Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist (CPPS) microcredential blueprint to the IHMM Board of Directors.

Dan provided an overview of the more than 200 suggestions from IHMM certificants in the development of microcredentials, and the development of the Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist (CPPS) blueprint in the Task Force. The Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist (CPPS) microcredential is designed to be attached only to the CHMM and CSHM, which simply means the applicant will have to be a CHMM or CSHM before taking an exam for the Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist (CPPS) microcredential. This will be the first microcredential offered by IHMM.

The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) has outlined a 7-10 year, $65 billion program of pandemic preparedness for America. IHMM intends to play a role in the evolution of pandemic preparedness policy.

Next, the Task Force will develop the examination necessary to offer the microcredential.

Well done!

Annual IHMM Excellence in EHS Management Award

Each year IHMM is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements and distinction of the CSHM, CSMP, or ASHM that has made a worthy contribution to the communities of practice and the profession.

This award is usually given at the annual National Safety Council Congress.

Nominations begin in March and end in July. Make your nomination here.

IHMM Fellows Becoming Mentors

IHMM Fellows Committee Chair Atanu Das, CHMM, is leading the effort within the IHMM Collaboration networking platform to provide instruction to the more than 75 IHMM Fellows in becoming mentors.

Given the extraordinary experience Fellows have, this is a unique opportunity for IHMM Fellows to help guide more recent certificants in their professional development activities.

IHMM’s Collaboration platform contains a “Mentor Match” module [see below at right] that allows mentors to signup designating the hours, number of mentees, subject areas, and length of time they wish to mentor – as well as allowing mentees to signup requesting assistance in specified areas. The mentor match module does the rest by matching mentors and mentees.

Save the Date – Fall Stand-Down

This year’s annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls will be held May 2-6. Visit the campaign webpage for updates.

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 351 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2020 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

IHMM Recertification Video Teleconferences

April 13th – 1.00 pm Eastern  

IHMM is here to take the fear and trepidation out of the recertification of your credential. You worked hard to prepare for and pass an exam to earn your credential distinction that sets you apart – recertification every 5 years allows you to keep what you have earned.

IHMM will hold a series of video teleconferences that will demonstrate the access to and use of the IHMM Recertification system. If the videos posted on the recertification section of your credential webpage have left you still a bit unsure, then tune in to an IHMM video teleconference scheduled below and we will show you what you need to know to recertify.

If you have difficulty joining a session please email Jimmy Nguyen at [email protected]

An IHMM expert will be available to answer your questions about recertification! Bring anything you’ve been wondering about or working on, and they will be happy to help. If you happen to stump them (and that’s tough to do), they will help you get an answer from another member of the IHMM team. Pop in for a few minutes, stay for the hour. Join us and learn together with your peers even if you don’t have a specific question to ask.

Recert Video #1

Recert Video #2

IHMM Recertification Videos

IHMM is pleased to release two YouTube instructional videos about navigating the IHMM recertification process. These step-by-step videos easily enable IHMM certificants to start and complete a recertification application.

While the full recertification cycle is 5 years, IHMM encourages all certificants to start a recertification application and add certification maintenance points as they are earned to make the final submission quick and easy to accomplish.

  • Every CSHM and CSMP should start a recertification application now.
  • Even if your recertification is years away, starting an application now and adding your accumulated points enables you to see where you are all the time and it makes it very easy when you have to file your application

Announcing Safe + Sound Week 2022: August 15-21

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe.

Develop your Safety + Health Program

Why Participate?
Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.

Who Participates?
All organizations looking for an opportunity to recognize their commitment to safety are welcome to participate. Last year, more than 5,300 businesses helped to raise awareness about workers’ health and safety!

Check out our event archive for information on previous years’ engagement.

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IHMM News & Recent Updates


Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh addresses President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request

WASHINGTON – The Biden-Harris administration today released the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget and Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The President’s Budget details his vision to expand on the historic progress our country has made over the last year and deliver the agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address: to build a better America, reduce the deficit, reduce costs for families and grow the economy from the bottom up and middle out. Read Full News Release

Beltway Buzz – Ogletree Deakins

SCOTUS Nomination Hearings Begin. The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held hearings this week on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Republican senators focused on Judge Jackson’s criminal sentencing record and culture war issues, while Democrats spent much of their time bolstering the nominee. The Judiciary Committee will mark up Judge Jackson’s nomination next week and a vote in the committee is expected on April 4, 2022. Democrats hope a floor vote in the U.S. Senate will happen shortly thereafter, as the Senate is scheduled to begin a two-week in-state work period beginning on April 9, 2022.

As the Buzz previously discussed, Judge Jackson likely has the votes to be confirmed and may even earn some votes from Republicans (some of whom voted to confirm her to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit). One factor that could impact the confirmation vote is COVID-19: Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, making him the most recent member of the 117th U.S. Congress to test positive. Senator Casey will presumably be available for a vote that first week of April, but his situation is a reminder of the razor-thin majority that the Democrats enjoy in the Senate. If just one Democratic senator (or Vice President Kamala Harris) is unavailable—due to COVID-19 or any other reason—this could delay Judge Jackson’s confirmation vote.

OSHA Proposes Finalizing COVID-19 Healthcare Standard. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) this week took steps toward a permanent COVID-19 standard for healthcare employers. On March 23, 2022, OSHA announced that it would be reopening the existing public comment docket for the COVID-19 healthcare emergency temporary standard (ETS) that was issued on June 21, 2021, and expired on December 21, 2021. Any final standard will be based on the now-expired ETS and contemplate a number of changes and additions that OSHA proposed in this week’s announcement. Among other issues, OSHA is considering: (1) realigning the ETS with current U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, (2) assessing whether control measures are necessary “where healthcare employees are not reasonably expected to encounter people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19,” and (3) tweaking the vaccination leave provision to require up to four hours of paid leave to get vaccinated. Importantly, the notice states that “OSHA is not considering at this time requiring mandatory vaccination for employees covered by [the] standard.” (Emphasis in original.) Stakeholder comments are due by April 22, 2022, and an online public hearing will be held on April 27.

OFCCP Proposes Changes to Investigation Procedures. On March 22, 2022, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a noticed of proposed rulemaking on “Pre-Enforcement Notice and Conciliation Procedures.” The proposed rule would rescind portions of OFCCP’s 2020 rule that established guideposts for OFCCP investigations and set consistent criteria for the issuance of predetermination notices or notices of violation. As such, the 2020 rule was intended “to increase clarity and transparency for Federal contractors, establish clear parameters for OFCCP resolution procedures, and enhance the efficient enforcement of equal employment opportunity laws.” With the change in administrations, OFCCP now states that the 2020 rule “unduly constrain[s] the agency’s broad enforcement discretion” and that the proposed changes “would allow OFCCP to tailor the pre-enforcement process to the specific facts and circumstances of each case.” As Scott Kelly and Emily Halliday discuss, the proposal forecasts a return to a “hide-the-ball” enforcement strategy for OFCCP. Comments are due by April 21, 2022.

CROWN Act Passes House. Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act by a vote of 235–189, with 14 Republicans voting for the measure. The bill, also called the CROWN Act of 2022, would make it unlawful for an employer:

to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against an individual, based on the individual’s hair texture or hairstyle, if that hair texture or that hairstyle is commonly associated with a particular race or national origin (including a hairstyle in which hair is tightly coiled or tightly curled, locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, and Afros).

companion bill in the U.S. Senate has twenty-three cosponsors, with twenty-two Democrats and one Independent, Senator Bernie Sanders.

NLRB Arbitration Case Advances. This week was the deadline for stakeholders to submit comments in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) latest case concerning the interplay of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Specifically, the Board asks whether provisions in an arbitration agreement that provide for the confidentiality of arbitration proceedings and expressly permit employees to file unfair labor practice charges with the Board violate the NLRA. In a joint brief submitted by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, the Restaurant Law Center, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Retail Federation, and HR Policy Association, the groups wrote that federal law does not “empower the Board to overrule agreements covered by the FAA that set forth the procedures under which legal claims under other statutes will be adjudicated” and that “arbitration does not bar employees from discussing their workplace grievances with co-workers or the public.” Expect a final ruling from the Board in the coming months.



The graphic to the left illustrates the relationship between IHMM and HMS. IHMM formed HMS to serve IHMM’s certificants. IHMM offers a variety of professional credentials and HMS creates education and training programs to serve the applicants and certificants of those credentials.

There are 637 different conversations going on in the IHMM/HMS Collaboration platform this week.

A collaborative culture is important for every business but is especially important for our hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environment, health, and safety communities of practice. Do you have a problem you need to solve and want the opinions of your colleagues? This is where we come together to help each other.

IHMM credentialed professionals are at the top 1% of their professions and their reach is global. We are at the forefront of environmental protection, health, and safety and this is where collaborating with the best people in their fields, always willing to help one another, lessens the stress of our jobs, and where we strive as a team to make a difference of which we are proud.

We opened COLLABORATION to enable thousands of certificants and supporters to collaborate together. You can collaborate here.

Access to COLLABORATION is through the same username/password you use to access your MYIHMM account. Having a problem? Contact Jimmy Nguyen at [email protected]

Linking IHMM and HMS Exam Training

Every IHMM credential page has a section providing guidance on Exam Preparation.

In each credential’s Exam Preparation section is the graphic at left, linked to the section of the Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] website where the applicant can find the exam prep courses being offered to assist the applicant with preparing for the IHMM exam.

If you are a vendor offering exam prep courses and your prep course is on the HMS site, IHMM applicants will find it. If you do not have an exam prep course on the HMS site, no applicant will find it.

Click on the graphic at the left, from the CHMM Exam Preparation page, and see where it takes you. Is your prep course there?

Make your IHMM credential exam prep courses visible to IHMM applicants by contacting Gene Guilford at [email protected]

IHMM/HMS Coronavirus Resources

In February of 2020, the World Health Organization’s director-general has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. On March 13, 2020 President Trump declared a national emergency for the United States. IHMM and HMS’ first concern is with the safety and health of all of us; our staff and families, colleagues, certificants and members. We will update this page regularly as credible, authoritative information is available.


Retiring? IHMM Invites You to Become an Emeritus

You may have decided, after a long and successful career, to retire from active daily duty. Congratulations. That doesn’t mean you have to completely disengage from your profession. IHMM is pleased to offer Emeritus status to all certificants who will no longer be actively engaged in their communities of practice but who still want to stay in touch. Please let us know when you’re approaching that decision and we will assist you in the credential transition.

Please contact Jim Drosdak at [email protected] and he’ll be happy to help you.

Columbia Southern University

The Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] is a partner of Columbia Southern University. Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.

A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master, doctorate or certificate levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.

Click on the CSU graphic at left and learn more about the professional development and degree program opportunities at CSU.


IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2022, virtually as well as in-person as COVID issues allow. Below are some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2022.

Are there conferences you believe IHMM should attend that do not appear here? If so, let us know! Send an email to Jillian Wood and tell us what conferences we should attend.

April 4-7, 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina

See IHMM at booth #66

Contaminated soil, groundwater, and the air is a global issue and over $1 trillion is spent every year to mitigate pollution.  There is a lot still to learn from each other on how each segment of the environmental industry impacts the next. The 2021 Global EnviroSummit is postponed until April 4-7, 2022 due to COVID-19 Delta variant.

With over 75 speakers from around the globe, the EnviroSummit is likely the first environmental conference that will have presentations from all 6 continents about 4 different themes – Remediation, Air Quality, Vapor Intrusion, and Wastewater.

COSTHA Annual Forum and Expo

April 4-6, 2022

National Safety Council Congress & Expo

September 19-21, 2022

San Diego, CA


IHMM has a companion organization for which education and training programs are presented and delivered.  The Hazardous Materials Society education and training website can be found here.

DateEventEvent ProducerLocation
DailyCHMM Exam Prep CourseInstitute of Safety & Systems Management


DailyCE 1112- IHMM CDGP Exam Prep (online) Columbia Southern University


DailyCE 1102- Industrial Hygiene for Safety Professionals (online) Columbia Southern University


DailyCE 1105: Maritime Hazardous Materials Inventory Columbia Southern University


DailyCE 1106: Coronavirus Facts: Understanding the CoronavirusColumbia Southern University


DailyCE 1107: Coronavirus Prevention & Control: Strategies for EmployeesColumbia Southern University


DailyCE 1108: Coronavirus Prevention: Strategies for ManagersColumbia Southern University


DailyCE 1109: Coronavirus Prevention & Control: Train the TrainerColumbia Southern University


DailyDOT NON-Bulk Training Compliance Associates


DailyWebinar IATA Dangerous Goods Training Compliance Associates


DailyWebinar DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates


DailyOnsite DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates


DailyOnline DOT Bulk Railcar TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOSHA 30 Construction (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 2021 Refresher (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 40-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 24-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course Chemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Chemtrec


Daily8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course Hazmat School


DailyDOT Hazmat Employee with Packaging Course Hazmat School


DailyRCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Online Training Course Hazmat School


DailyOSHA Asbestos Awareness TrainingHazmat School


Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrec


DailyCHMM Online Review Bowen


DailyOnsite Lithium Battery TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOnsite ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyWebinar ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyWebinar TDG TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOSHA Confined Space Operations TrainingHazmat School




DailyIATA/IMDG Certification TrainingDGI


DailyDangerous Goods Shipping Private WebinarDGI


DailyCSHM Exam Prep CourseVubiz


DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrec


DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrec


DailyDefensive Driver Training CourseHazmat School


DailyOnline 2-Hour OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline Heat Illness Prevention TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Training CourseHazmat School


DailyEmergency Response Planning – On-Demand WebinarBowen EHS


DailyEHS Training Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS


DailyDangerous Goods Regulations [DGR] Initial Category 6IATA


October 18-20, 2022Online CHMM Review CourseASHMM           ONLINE
October 25, 2022DOT HazMat TrainingFET           Pewaukee, WI
October 25, 2022RMP Updated Requirements for FacilitiesFET           Pewaukee, WI
October 25, 2022Environment, Health & Safety PrimerFET           Pewaukee, WI
Nov 30-Dec 1, 2022CHMM Exam Prep CoursePTP Consulting           ONLINE
9210 Corporate Boulevard, Suite 470
Rockville, Maryland, 20850
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